'Uncle Vanya' wraps up season

WESTON - Best-known for his roles in The Amazing Spider-Man, Royal Pains and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Campbell Scott takes to the Weston Playhouse stage for Anton Chekhov's wistful comedy, Uncle Vanya. Scott is playing the role of Astrov, the forlorn visionary philosopher in this timeless play in which tempers flare and passions are ignited when an aging professor returns with his beautiful young wife to his family's country estate. In an interesting spin, the Weston production is set in contemporary Vermont. This last show of the season is sponsored by the Vermont Country Store and has a limited engagement, from Aug. 28 - Sept. 6.

"In Weston's 78-year history, we have never tackled Chekhov," said Producing Artistic Director Steve Stettler. "To really do it well takes the right adaptation, the right director, and a stellar cast. We've assembled all the right pieces. I'm confident we'll be wrapping up our 2014 season with much pride in this show."

The Weston production utilizes a new translation/adaptation by the recent Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker. Baker, who Weston audiences might remember from the 2011 production of her play The Aliens.

Joining Campbell Scott on stage is his wife Kathleen McElfresh as Yelena and Liam Craig as Vanya. McElfresh and Craig are returning to the Weston stage where they performed in Weston's 2010 farce The 39 Steps. Rounding out the cast are Christopher Donahue, Munson Hicks, Barbara Lloyd (all three of whom were in last year's To Kill a Mockingbird,) Cass Morgan (Saint Ex,) Jeanine Serralles and Clark Glennon.

Performances of Uncle Vanya will be at the Weston Playhouse, on the Village Green (12 Park Street) in Weston. Show times are Tuesdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m, and Sundays at 3 p.m. The show runs 2 1/2 hours with one intermission. Pre-show dinner is available at the theatre's own restaurant, the Cafe at the Falls. Tickets to Uncle Vanya run $39-$52.

Discounts include VTix (25 seats at $25 for Vermonters) and student pricing (half-price. ) Tickets can be purchased by calling 802-824-5288, or online at westonplayhouse.org.


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